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ERIC Number: ED048706
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Level of Aspiration as a Function of Learning Potential Status in the Educable Mentally Retarded. Volume 1, Number 6.
Harrison, Robert; And Others
Two groups of educable retardates (16 gainers and 16 nongainers who were judged to have a more consistent history of failure) were identified on the basis of their ability to profit from instruction on the Kohs blocks. Success and failure on verbal and nonverbal tasks were manipulated and levels of aspiration were obtained. Nongainers were found to be less realistic than gainers in goal-setting. The disruptive effect of failure on goal-setting was greater for nongainers, and temporal patterns of success and failure had a much greater impact on the goal-setting behavior of nongainers. Assuming that the differences between the two groups would hold after adjustment for IQ differences, the results were in accord with previous findings that performance-discrepant goal setting is more characteristic of children with a long history of failure than those without one. (RJ)
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Authoring Institution: Research Inst. for Educational Problems, Cambridge, MA.